BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Police were searching for a trauma surgeon Wednesday as a "person of interest" in a fatal shooting at a Buffalo hospital, and warned the public that the former Army Special Forces weapons expert may be armed and dangerous.
The early morning shooting of a 33-year-old woman locked down the Erie County Medical Center complex for more than four hours. The woman was shot four times while in the stairwell of a hospital building.
Authorities identified the victim as Jacqueline Wisniewski, a receptionist at the hospital and the mother of a young son. Media reports said she was the ex-girlfriend of the surgeon.
Police later blocked a road leading to Dr. Timothy Jorden's home in an isolated area of private Lake View residences near the Lake Erie shore. SWAT team members in camouflage arrived in unmarked SUVs. A helicopter flew over the house before leaving.
Jorden, 49, also a former Army Special Forces medic, became licensed to practice medicine in New York in 2002 and held privileges to treat patients at the medical center and other major hospitals in the area. He apparently has no criminal background and no legal actions have been filed against his license.
By late Wednesday evening, police told local media the Jorden house was empty and they began leaving the property.
Throughout the day, local, state and federal law enforcement declined to answer specific questions about Jorden, his relationship with the victim or where they thought he might be. They also did not confirm Wisniewski was the victim. Calls to several family members of Wisniewski were either to outdated phone numbers or were not immediately returned.
Heather Shipley, a friend of Wisniewski, told WIVB-TV that Wisniewski feared Jorden, her ex-boyfriend.
Wisniewski used to live with Jorden but left him because she believed he was having affairs with other women, Shipley said. When they broke up, he wouldn't let go, Shipley said.
She said Wisniewski told her the doctor had put a GPS tracking device in her car and once held her captive in her home for a day and a half, wielding a knife.
"She told me if anything happened to her, that it was him," Shipley told the station.
Calls to two listings in Washington state for Jorden's ex-wife, Frances, were not returned.
Hospital chief executive officer Jody Lomeo did not answer specific questions about Jorden or Wisniewski. He said only that Jorden "was a fine doctor."
According to a 1996 profile in The Buffalo News, Jorden is a native of Buffalo.
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